Waist-Drumming, A New Year Ritual
Northern Shanxi manages to remain as close to the earth and skin of the teeth as when it served as terminus to the Long March.
Kunqu Cliff Notes
Valuable takeaways of Kunqu’s most famous works, for whatever few pieces of insight into the Chinese soul that Kungfu Panda missed.
Shanghai's Art Festival: Much Needed Humanities
Up next, a Broadway musical in which everyone gets their money back from the Wall Street bagmen and Capitol Hill quislings.
The only foreigners who get into it are youngsters looking to win Mandarin competitions. Xiangsheng, or crosstalk, reflects the soul of Chinese wit. It relies heavily on puns, allusions, and double entendres, so that only native speakers laugh at
The Acrobats of Wuqiao
Only boxers and ballet dancers can really understand what they go through. In a large, empty, dawn-lit room of the Wuqiao Acrobatic School, a cluster of children, six to sixteen years old, push their bodies to do the impossible.
An Alternative to Booze and Bands
Bryson Lang brings itBeijing's glitterati have been flaunting the city's nightlife options for years. "We have both kinds of music - house AND hip hop," they'll tell you.
Three Tough Ladies, One New Play
Scene from Heroine TrilogyLet's hear it for composer Guo Wenjing and director Li Liuyi, who are updating Peking Opera with modern staging and effects. Their production Heroine Trilogy, centered around the lives of three of China's historica
Zhang Yimou's Cinematic Ballet
Besides classical music, ballet is a traditionally Western art form being reinvigorated by Chinese talent and perspectives. China's National Ballet is winding up its performance of Raise the Red Lantern at the National Center for the Perfor
New York’s’ Juilliard Orchestra Wows Beijing
The Juilliard Orchestra completed their first visit to China in 21 years on Sunday evening with a riveting performance at the new National Centre for the Performing Arts.
No Gold Medals for the Acrobat
It’s a shame acrobats can’t compete with each other. Maybe if acrobatics were more sport than spectacle, or if the props weren’t so outlandish, an acrobat could dream of making millions, or earning international acclaim in the Olympics.